A new growth leap for the national tourism sector.. 6 million visitors spent 25 million hotel nights

«Economy»: 11 billion dirhams in hotel establishments' revenues during the first quarter

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  • Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi: “The indicators confirm the strength of the tourism product and reflect the growing confidence in the national tourism sector.”

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The latest tourism data for the first quarter of this year 2022 revealed that hotel establishments in the country attracted about six million visitors who spent 25 million hotel nights, and hotel establishments achieved revenues of 11 billion dirhams, with a growth rate of 20% compared to the same period in 2019.

growth leap

Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises, and Chairman of the Emirates Tourism Council, Dr. Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi, said that the tourism sector in the UAE achieved during the first quarter of 2022 a new growth leap that reflects the high competitiveness of UAE tourism regionally and globally in light of the unlimited support and directives of the leadership, and its interest This vital sector is considered one of the strategic sectors for the future, and a main axis within the development vision of the UAE for the next fifty years.

forward vision

Al Falasi explained that national tourism achieved during the first quarter of this year a growth greater than what was recorded not only in 2020 and 2021, but even compared to the same period in 2019, which currently represents the reference for measuring recovery and growth rates in most countries. One of the best years in the process of economic growth in general and tourism growth in particular, which confirms the strong return of the sector, thanks to the wise forward-looking vision of the country’s leadership, and the concerted national efforts exerted to develop national tourism, providing a supportive environment and integrated incentives to develop tourism products and provide the appropriate tourism infrastructure in the country. And focus on providing high value-added services.

Product Strength

Al Falasi stressed that these indicators confirm the strength of the tourism product and the UAE’s leading services, attractive tourist destinations and advanced tourism infrastructure, and that they reflect the growing confidence in the national tourism sector and the pioneering reputation achieved by the country’s tourism environment as a safe and preferred destination capable of providing a rich and distinguished tourism experience. .

He pointed to the importance of the role played by the major events hosted by the country during the past months in supporting the results of national tourism, the most important of which is "Expo 2020 Dubai", which succeeded in attracting more than 24 million visits within six months, and the "The Most Beautiful Winter in the World" campaign in its second edition. Which achieved within a month and a half revenues amounted to 1.5 billion dirhams and attracted more than 1.3 million local tourists.

financial results

According to tourism data for the first quarter of this year 2022, hotel establishments in the country attracted about six million visitors who spent 25 million hotel nights, a growth of 10% compared to the same period in 2019.

The average length of stay for hotel establishment guests increased by 25% during the same comparison period, increasing from three to four hotel nights.

In turn, the occupancy rate of hotel establishments in the country during this period reached 80%, which is one of the highest rates in the world.

Hotel establishments also achieved revenues of 11 billion dirhams, with a growth rate of 20% compared to the same period in 2019, and these establishments recorded a return to work at their full capacity of about 200,000 hotel rooms.

foreign markets

In addition, the first quarter of 2022 witnessed a strong recovery and return of tourism to the country from foreign markets, as hotel establishments in the various emirates of the country received about four million international tourists.

India, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, and the United States topped the list of the most important nationalities of hotel guests from abroad.

• 80% occupancy rate of hotel establishments, which is among the highest rates in the world.

• A strong return of tourism from international markets, with a total of four million international tourists.

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